Ask Roulette
Housing Works’ Bookstore Café (126 Crosby St., Manhattan)

During Ask Roulette, strangers ask each other any question they want, big or small, in front of a live audience. It’s not as intimidating as it sounds. In fact, it’s built on trust — you can only ask a question once you’ve answered one. If you prefer, you can just be part of the crowd.

Questions are serious or silly, and answers are short or long. Over the course of the evening, you’ll get unexpected connections, surprising anecdotes, and honest conversation. You’ll also laugh.

With special guests:

Brooke Gladstone of WNYC’s On the Media
Baratunde Thurston, comedian and digital director for
The Onion
The New Yorker’s Lizzie Widdicombe
AJ Jacobs, editor at large of Esquire and author of
My Life as an Experiment: One Man’s Humble Quest to Improve Himself

Jody Avirgan is the the host of Ask Roulette. He is a producer at WNYC Radio, where the Ask Roulette model was first tested out on the Brian Lehrer Show. Jody lives in Brooklyn and likes questions more than answers.